With your doctor's referral, Prairie Lakes can provide inpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy. Therapists help improve your strength, flexibility, pain, balance and activity tolerance. We bring this therapy right to your hospital room or work with you at the inpatient therapy gym on the hospital's second floor.
The goals are to improve your functional mobility, help you make a safe transition from hospital to home and to help coordinate the aftercare services and equipment you might need upon discharge.
Assess, train, educate
Our process begins with a thorough assessment by our therapy team. We show you and your caregivers how to use assistive devices. We show you how to modify your home. We show you how to prevent falls and conserve energy.
- Physical therapy improves mobility -- walking on level surfaces, climbing stairs and other daily functions. Therapist work with patients on balance, strength, range of motion and activity tolerance. Therapist may also be involved in pain control and fitting the patient for assistive devices.
- Occupational therapy focuses on training in Activities of Daily Living -- ADLs, for short. We also educate patients about use of adaptive equipment, activity strengthening, fine motor control, improving activity tolerance and managing the effects of lymphedema.
- Speech pathology involves treatment and evaluation of swallowing problems and cognitive issues as well as problems with speech expression and comprehension.